Man United win over Liverpool means nothing – Louis van Gaal

2014-08-05 08:39

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Second-half strikes from Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard earned Manchester United a morale-boosting 3-1 win over Premier League rivals Liverpool in the final of the preseason International Champions Cup in Miami.

United end their United States tour unbeaten under new manager Louis van Gaal and a victory over their old rivals yesterday was perhaps the sweetest way to sign off. They will return to England to finish off preparations for the new Premier League season, which starts on August 16.

Despite the win, Dutchman Van Gaal was in no mood to go overboard about his team’s preseason, which also included a 3-1 victory over European champions Real Madrid on Saturday.

Asked what the value of the tournament win was, Van Gaal said: “Nothing. It’s nice X nice for the fans in the US and also at home that we have beaten Liverpool, not our favourite opponents for United fans, and I think we have given a lot of pleasure to these fans and that is important.

“Of course it is better to win preparation games than to lose but the most important game is against Swansea City, our first game at home in the Premier League – that we have to win,” he added.

Both managers went with their strongest possible teams for the game, played in front of 51 000 fans at a rainy Sun Life stadium in Miami.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers felt the scoreline was unfair on his team, who could have had a second penalty in the first half after Ander Herrera’s challenge on Sterling.

“Overall I am delighted with the whole tournament; what it has done for us,” he added. “We have been away a long time, we have worked very, very hard ... we have some positives and we look forward to the new season.”

United start their league campaign against Swansea on August 16 at Old Trafford. Liverpool face Southampton at Anfield the following day.

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